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Posted on Drawer stretchers/Drawer spreaders

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#1 posted 06-17-2018 02:12 PM

I build all my cabinets with face frames. It helps to eliminate the accuracy required if using inset doors and drawers. The “stretchers” you ask about are necessary to keep the uprights in place when building your cabinets and also provide stops for the doors or drawers without having the need to put stop devices on the doors or drawers. In other words, I hate inset or frameless cabinets. Surface mount doors and drawers are the way to go if you are in the business of building cabinets or furniture, but sometimes you have to build inset stuff. (I hate it!!)

What’s next is my own personal opinion and not an attack on your cabinet build. Your assembly looks to be uniform with all the gaps you need to have everything work and open properly.

I would have the bottom rail (stretcher) butt into the right side stile instead of it (stile) sitting on the bottom rail (stretcher). The middle stile should be sitting on the bottom rail instead of how you did it. I also would have put a top rail (stretcher) on it matching the bottom rail (stretcher). The smaller drawers look pretty good, but the one next to the bottom looks smaller than the others. The larger drawers would look better with the largest drawer on the bottom. Other than that, the cabinet you posted looks pretty good and should serve you well for many years. ................. Jerry (in Tucson)

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